September issue no. 237
February/March 2015 issue no. 249


On Sale: January 20, 2015
Subscribers should receive this issue by January 12.

On the Cover:
Connectivity

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Articles
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SMART-HOME REVOLUTION
by Sean Groom
Connectivity is at the door. Are you ready to let it in?

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WIRING A BATHROOM
by Cliff Popejoy
Best practices for running wire, nailing boxes, and installing fixtures

Video Extra: How to Wire a Bathroom

42
TOOL TEST: 12-IN. COMPOUND-MITER SAWS
by Paul Johnson
With a host of innovative features, one saw rises to the top
Bosch CM12 Compound-Miter Saw
Craftsman 937564 Compound-Miter Saw
DeWalt DW716 Compound-Miter Saw
Hitachi C12FDH Compound-Miter Saw
Makita LS1221 Compound-Miter Saw
Ridgid R4122 Compound-Miter Saw
Skil 3821-01 Compound-Miter Saw

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GETTING THE MECHANICALS RIGHT
by Steve Baczek
A carefully designed mechanical system rounds out the heating and cooling load of a superinsulated house

54
AIR-SEALING CAN LIGHTS SAFELY
by Larry Armanda
Common air-sealing enclosures can lead to melted foam, shorted wiring, and even fire

56
MAKING HOT-WATER RECIRCULATION PAY
by Dave Yates
With new pump technology, hotwater recirculation is about to get more efficient

60
THE PATH TO BECOMING A HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDER
by Sean Groom
It can be hard. It can be daunting. It can be deeply rewarding.

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FRAMING A GRADE-LEVEL DECK
by Chris Ahrens
Building close to the ground demands tighter tolerances

Video Extras: Ultimate Deck Build 2015

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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

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LETTERS
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HOW IT WORKS
Septic Systems

18
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
The Simplest Drying Rack Ever
Backing Out Stripped Screws
Make a Screwdriver Slot
Cheap and Easy Door Sweep
No-Freeze Cleaning Fluid
Hanging Drywall on a Two-Stud Corner
Precise Drywall-Ceiling Cutouts
Clean Up Blocked Spray Cans
Gazebo-Layout Template

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TOOLS & MATERIALS
Kreg Foreman DB 210 Pocket Hole Machine
Philips SlimSurface LED Downlight
EZ-Crete EZ-Tube Modular Footings
Milwaukee Inkzall Permanent Markers
Bosch GLM 15 Laser Measuring Device
The Elements of Building

26
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Pressure-Treated Lumber

32
PROJECT GALLERY
A Little Bungalow Grows Up

Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here

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Q&A
Filling Knot Holes in Flooring
Is through-fastened metal roofing a good idea?
Regrouting with Epoxy
Can I recoat a fiberglass ladder?
How do you air-seal recessed can lights that you can’t access from above?

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ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Attic-Ventilation Strategies

Video Extras: How to Air-Seal an Attic

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BUILDING SKILLS
Tying Down Loads

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DRAWING BOARD
Design a Grade-Level Deck

92
TAILGATE
Gene Myers, Zero-Energy Builder

Web Extra: CEO Charts His Company's Path to Net-Zero Homes

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FINISHING TOUCH
All-Around Warmth: Fireplace Design

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